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1 week ago

LG G6 to feature extra-tall 5.7-inch display

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LG's new flagship will reportedly focus on screen-to-body ratio.

Just as LG looks set to dump modularity in its 2017 flagship, there's another eye-catching gimmick to take its place: An extra-tall, extra-large display. As it's done in the past, the Korean firm has started trickling out details of its next major phone release, ahead of what'll presumably be a Mobile World Congress unveiling at the end of February. LG Display has told The Korea Herald that the upcoming handset will use a "QHD+" LCD display at 1440x2880. LG Display calls it an "18:9" aspect ratio, in a move sure to anger math nerds the world over.

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1 week ago

Casio breathes new life into wearables and action cameras

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Casio's CES booth held some great tech for the adventurer. The WSD-F20 smartwatch isn't just a weighty name; the watch has improved over its previous iteration. The FR200 action camera shoots in 4K, has an 180-degree viewable angle, and is waterproof, dustproof, and shock-resistant.

MrMobile takes to the forest of CES to seek the tree of tech knowledge. Michael Fisher knows now what the future holds, and imparts that wisdom unto you, adventurer. This ain't no text adventure, get moving with Casio active tech!

Stay social, my friends

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1 week ago

Best Charging Stands for Google Pixel

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Elevate your Pixel off the table while it charges with these charging stands.

Finding a charging stand for your Google Pixel is, as we learned, a matter of making compromises. One of the best features of the Google Pixel is its fast charging ability, but you'll get the best results using the charging cable and wall outlet that came with your phone.

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1 week ago

Where to buy the Huawei Mate 9 in the U.S.

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Where do I buy the Huawei Mate 9 in the U.S.?

Huawei's Mate 9 is big, powerful and, at $599, incredible value. While it may be too big for some, its entry into the U.S. market heralds a turning point for the Chinese company, which is competing extremely well with Samsung and Apple for global smartphone market share.

Unfortunately, Huawei still has roadblocks to overcome before it can sell its phones at U.S. carriers, but in the meantime it has launched the Mate 9 at several well-known and accessible online retailers.

Jet.com

The Huawei Mate 9 is available at Jet.com for $599.99, the standard price for the device. But Jet.com offers a way to save money by opting out of free returns, paying by debit, or both. With both of those options ticked, the phone drops to $584.48, and goes even cheaper if you purchase more than one. Jet.com is our pick for the best place to buy the Mate 9.

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Amazon

Amazon is usually the gold standard for products like this, and the Mate 9 fits right into the retailer's lineup. Available for $599.99 from Amazon in either Moonlight Silver or Space Gray, the phone comes with a U.S. warranty and is eligible for Prime Shipping.

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Best Buy

Best Buy offers the Huawei Mate 9 at its standard $599.99 price with free 2-day shipping and a price match guarantee. Pretty standard stuff, but you can get decent financing and some cash-back rewards options with the right credit card, and you know that Best Buy has enough stores to make it easy to return the phone in case of problems.

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Newegg

Newegg is selling the Huawei Mate 9 in both colors, white and silver, for $599.99, and each unit comes with a free Huawei-branded selfie stick, if you're into that sort of thing. Newegg has a great reputation for efficient delivery and easy exchanges, and has a Premier membership program that, like Amazon, offers free shipping and no restocking fee.

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B&H Photo Video

The New York-based B&H Photo Video is well-known for stocking hard-to-get products, and Huawei's Mate 9 is available and ready to ship. The company doesn't collect tax outside of New York State, which can help you save a few dollars in the process. Like the other vendors, B&H also stocks both colors of the Mate 9, and offers same-day shipping.

Canadians also benefit from B&H Photo Video, as it is the only one of the retailers listed to ship to Canada — free after $99.

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1 week ago

The 21st century tricorder: MrMobile goes hands-on with the Scio Spectrometer

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The Scio Spectrometer phone allows you to scan all the things you put into your body and make sure they're good for you. Then, you can scan your body and make sure you're actually getting healthier! The perfect phone for the hypochondriac. While it's not a great phone by most measures, the spectrometer inside the phone is a truly interesting feature.

MrMobile expounds on all his Star Trek fantasies by scanning things and talking chemical composition and captain's-logging everything in this video. Michael Fisher has the inside scoop on what's going on inside everything, thanks to the Scio Spectrometer Smartphone.

Stay social, my friends

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1 week ago

Best Racing Games for VR

Best Racing Games for VR

What are the best racing games for VR?

If you've invested in a VR setup and haven't yet tried a racing game, you owe it to yourself to at least experience it once. The speed, combined with the feeling of actually sitting in the driver's seat, delivers an unmatched experience. Here are the best racing games you can grab right now.

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1 week ago

Fitbit purchases Vector, the Pebble competitor

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Fitbit moves to compete with Android Wear in 2017.

Fitbit has acquired yet another smartwatch maker, this time a small Romanian outfit, Vector, made up of former Citizen employees.

The move comes barely a month after Fitbit's acquisition of Pebble, a more well-known smartwatch builder in North America, yet Pebble and Vector share many similarities.

Vector built a series of round smartwatches that used e-paper displays to extend battery life to 30 days in some cases, in addition to a fairly rudimentary software platform that included a slowly-growing app ecosystem. In a statement on Vector's blog, the company says that Fitbit acquired said software and design teams, and work would cease on future development of its in-house hardware:

Today, we are happy to announce that the Vector Watch team and our software platform are joining Fitbit, the leader in the connected health and fitness market! We believe this is an important milestone as a moment when we will start building other new and amazing products, features and experiences, incorporating our unique technology and knowhow with Fitbit's experience and global community.

Vector was overshadowed by Android Wear, Apple Watch and Pebble in Android and iOS circles, but it grew to be a popular choice for our friends at Windows Central largely because the team spent so much time ensuring that Windows Phone support was robust.

With this acquisition, it's clear that Fitbit intends to build out its currently-basic smartwatch portfolio, which doesn't reach the same levels of complexity as Android Wear.

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1 week ago

What to do with a broken phone to keep your data safe

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Can I protect the data on my broken phone?

We try to make sure everyone knows the things they can do to make sure they know how to keep their personal data safe on an Android phone. What you do with the information is up to you, exactly as it should be. Only you know how valuable you think your personal information is.

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1 week ago

Xiaomi's Redmi Note 4 is making its way to India on Jan. 19

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Get ready for the Redmi Note 4.

Xiaomi is launching the successor to the highly popular Redmi Note 3 next week in India. An invite sent out to the media suggests that the Redmi Note 4 will make its debut in the country on January 19.

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1 week ago

Best Phone in India

Pixel XL

The Google Pixel is the best phone you can currently buy in India. But if you can't justify its asking price, there are plenty of options available across segments.

Best overall

Google Pixel

Pixel

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The Google Pixel gets the basics absolutely right. The understated metal design is complemented by top-of-the-line hardware in the form of a Snapdragon 821, 4GB of RAM, 32GB or 128GB storage, an astounding camera, and all-day battery life. It is available in two sizes: a 5.0-inch variant with a Full HD display, and a larger 5.5-inch model with a QHD panel.

The Pixel is the ideal device for showcasing Google's services, including the new Google Assistant. With unlimited photo and video backup, you can take as many photos and 4K videos as you want and never worry about running out of space on Google Drive.

You also get the cleanest Android experience, and the Pixel will be the first to receive new software updates, whether they're monthly security updates or new platform versions. And because it's running first-party software, the phone absolutely flies. There isn't another handset available today that comes close to the Pixel in terms of performance.

Bottom line: If you're looking for the phone with the most refined software and the best camera, then the Pixel is the device to get.

One more thing: The Pixel is available from thousands of retail stores across the country in addition to Flipkart.

Why the Pixel is the best

After partnering with handset manufacturers over the Nexus line for several years, Google is going at it alone with the Pixel. And in doing so, it has created the phone to beat. Nothing else available on the market — not even the S7 edge — comes close to the software refinement of the Pixel. That's obvious considering the Pixel is made in-house by Google, but the overall software differs in subtle ways from what we've seen on the Nexus.

Whereas the Nexus line carried forth a vision of pure Android, the Pixel is all about what Google envisages for the platform. From the Pixel Launcher to Google Assistant to the weather doodle that changes based on the weather in your area, everything about the Pixel is customized in its own way.

And that's not even the best part of the Pixel. During its unveil, Google talked about how the phone was the highest-rated handset by DxOMark, and it isn't hard to understand why. For a pocket shooter, the Pixel takes remarkable images.

Then there's the added benefit of unlimited photos and video backup. If you're one to take a lot of photos, the feature makes all the difference in the world. With the Pixel, you'll be able to transfer all images in original quality over to Google Drive, as well as 4K video, without the media ever getting counted against your storage quota.

Sure, the Pixel isn't the best value for your money. The S7 edge offers more for less, including water resistance, wireless charging, a dual curved screen, and a more premium design. That said, the Pixel wins out in day-to-day use, primarily on account of the camera and the software experience. For all the advances Samsung made with its user interface in recent years, it does not come close to what's on offer on the Pixel.

Best mid-range option

OnePlus 3T

OnePlus 3T

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If you're in the market for a phone under ₹30,000, the OnePlus 3T is your best option. OnePlus is selling both the OnePlus 3 as well as the newer 3T in the Indian market, and given that there is a minor ₹2,000 difference in the retail price between the two models, it makes sense to get the OnePlus 3T.

You get a 5.5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display, Snapdragon 821 SoC, 64GB/128GB storage options, 6GB of RAM, 16MP front and rear cameras, and a 3400mAh battery.

The OnePlus 3T sports a minimalist aluminium design that gives it an upmarket feel, and the phone has picked up the Nougat update, making it an even more enticing option.

Bottom line: At this price point, there isn't a phone on the market that offers quite as much as the OnePlus 3T.

One more thing: The OnePlus 3T is available in gunmetal grey and soft gold, with both options exclusive to Amazon India.

Best budget phone

Moto G4 Plus

Moto G4 Plus

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India is the number one market for the Moto G series, for good reason. For ₹13,999, there are few phones that are as reliable as the Moto G4 Plus. This year's variant offers a Full HD display for the first time, with the panel itself scaled up to 5.5 inches. Internal hardware has also been upgraded to 3GB of RAM, 32GB storage, Snapdragon 617, and a 3000mAh battery.

The Moto G4 Plus is also the first in the Moto G series to sport a fingerprint sensor. And this time around, you get a fantastic 16MP camera that's one of the best in this segment.

One key area where the Moto G4 Plus differs from the competition is when it comes to software. Unlike its Chinese rivals, the Moto G4 Plus offers a clean Android skin, one that's devoid of any customizations. Motorola does offer some differentiation through Moto Actions, a series if gestures designed that let you open the camera, toggle the flashlight, or enter the new one-handed mode with ease.

Bottom line: While not as powerful as other devices in this segment, the Moto G4 Plus comes out on front when you look at the overall hardware and software experience.

One more thing: Both the Moto G4 and G4 Plus have picked up the Nougat update in India recently, bringing a slew of new features.

More for less

Lenovo Z2 Plus

Lenovo Z2 Plus

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The Z2 Plus comes from Lenovo's online-only ZUK sub-brand, offering exciting hardware at an affordable price. There aren't a lot of brands that can go head-to-head with the likes of Xiaomi and OnePlus and come out on top, but Lenovo has done just that with the Z2 Plus.

For ₹19,999, the Z2 Plus offers a 5.0-inch Full HD display, Snapdragon 820 SoC, 4GB of RAM, 64GB storage, 13MP ISOCELL camera, 8MP front shooter, and a 3500mAh battery.

The phone is made out of ceramic, and features a fiberglass frame that's designed to withstand tumbles. On the software front, you get Lenovo's own ZUI, which in its current iteration is based on Marshmallow.

One of the more interesting aspects of the Z2 Plus is U-Touch, through which the home button doubles up as an all-in-one replacement for the standard navigation keys. The gesture-enabled system lets you go back, access the multitasking pane, launch apps, and much more with swipe left or right actions on the home button.

Bottom line: The Z2 Plus offers incredible hardware for its price, and it does so in a compact package.

One more thing: Lenovo isn't the fastest at rolling out updates, and as of now there's no mention of when the phone will pick up Nougat.

Best entry-level phone

Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime

Redmi 3S Prime

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The Redmi 3S Prime is the best phone if you're on a tight budget. For under ₹10,000, you get a compact 5.0-inch 720p display, Snapdragon 430, 3GB of RAM, 32GB storage, 13MP camera, and battery life that's unlike any other phone.

Thanks to a huge 4100mAh battery, the phone lasts a day without breaking a sweat, and more often than not you'll find that it can go on for two days on a single charge.

Bottom line: Although the software situation isn't ideal, the Redmi 3S Prime has great hardware and astounding battery life.

One more thing: Don't hold out for the Nougat update. The Redmi Note 3 has started to pick up the Marshmallow update now, so there's no way of knowing when Nougat will make its way to the Redmi 3S Prime.

Conclusion

There are great phones available at all price points in India. With the country becoming one of the fastest-growing markets for smartphones, competition is only going to intensify, and that's a good thing for customers. If you want the best available right now, then the Pixel should be at the top of your list.

Best overall

Google Pixel

Pixel

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The Google Pixel gets the basics absolutely right. The understated metal design is complemented by top-of-the-line hardware in the form of a Snapdragon 821, 4GB of RAM, 32GB or 128GB storage, an astounding camera, and all-day battery life. It is available in two sizes: a 5.0-inch variant with a Full HD display, and a larger 5.5-inch model with a QHD panel.

The Pixel is the ideal device for showcasing Google's services, including the new Google Assistant. With unlimited photo and video backup, you can take as many photos and 4K videos as you want and never worry about running out of space on Google Drive.

You also get the cleanest Android experience, and the Pixel will be the first to receive new software updates, whether they're monthly security updates or new platform versions. And because it's running first-party software, the phone absolutely flies. There isn't another handset available today that comes close to the Pixel in terms of performance.

Bottom line: If you're looking for the phone with the most refined software and the best camera, then the Pixel is the device to get.

One more thing: The Pixel is available from thousands of retail stores across the country in addition to Flipkart.

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1 week ago

BlackBerry Mercury wins big at CES 2017

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Now that CES 2017 has wrapped up, folks are looking back on everything that was announced in Las Vegas and handing out awards for what they feel was the 'Best Of CES.' Unsurprisingly, one of the items that continues to appear on several lists is the BlackBerry Mercury, which TCL offered a sneak peek of at CES.

The last phone designed by BlackBerry has managed to grab a lot of attention in the past few days and a new post from Ralph Pini, Chief Operating Officer and General Manager, Mobility Solutions, at BlackBerry, highlights that even further. Mercury wasn't the only winner, though: the DTEK50 scored some love at CES as well, taking home an Innovation Award.

We took a peek at the BlackBerry Mercury during CES and even though we don't know the whole story, we like what we've seen so far.

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1 week ago

Is a new Google Voice in the works?

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Google Voice needs a little love and might be getting it.

At least that's what Google tells us when we visit the Google Voice website. You'll see it near the top of the page if you direct yourself over to voice.google.com while you're signed into Chrome. If you're a Project Fi subscriber you'll need to click the link at the bottom of the page to get to the actual Google Voice site after it redirects you to the fancy Fi site.

Of course, clicking on it doesn't do much. It seems to reload the same page, and sending you back to the Fi site if you're a Fi sub. The URL scheme (https://www.google.com/voice/b/0/redirection/new) looks like it's the same sort of auto-redirect we've seen with Google+ and the Project Fi site when they weren't public and available for all. This might mean it works, just not for us mere mortals.

We have no idea what to expect from a new Google Voice. This could be just a redesign of the website and might not include any changes to the service, or it could be a true overhaul now that Hangouts is basically an enterprise app in Google's eyes. Or maybe it will go the way of the dodo and join other Google services we all loved in internet-Valhalla.

I'm sure people are trying to see what magic might be done to actually get to the new page, but for now, we only get a teaser that something new is coming, and we should TRY NOW!

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1 week ago

We're giving away an Honor 6X to three Android Central readers!

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Want to win a brand new Honor 6X? Live in the U.S.? You're in the right place!

Huawei has taken to CES once again to unveil its latest device, the Honor 6X. Keeping in the tradition of this line, the Honor 6X comes in at a budget-friendly price of $249 — and though it has the sort of mid-range specs you'd expect, there are a few neat bonuses here you don't always find on a phone of this price.

The 6X offers a few nice-to-have features and a solid metal body for an affordable price. Pre-orders start January 4, with full sales starting on January 10 from Honor's own website, as well as other online retailers. But while you wait, why not enter to win one for free? Keep reading for all the details.

THE GIVEAWAY: Head down to the widget at the bottom of this page. There are multiple ways to enter, so complete all of the tasks for maximum entries and your best shot at winning! You can also come back daily and enter again for even more entries! The giveaway is open until January 9th, and the winner will be announced right here shortly after the close date.

Please note that due to sponsor restrictions, this giveaway is only available to Android Central readers in the U.S.. All winning entries are verified and if the task was not completed or cannot be verified, a new winner will be chosen.

Good luck everyone!

We're giving away an Honor 6X to three Android Central readers! Enter here!

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1 week ago

Grab two of these USB-C adapters for just $6 right now!

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Anker is currently offering a two-pack of its Micro-USB to USB-C adapters for just $6 with coupon code AKUSBC11, a savings of $2. With these adapters, you can turn those old cables you have laying around into something that can charge your new Pixel or other compatible phone. The adapters are quite small so you could easily fit them in your pocket or maybe even your wallet, and always have one with you so you are never without a cable to charge up with.

Odds are this deal won't hang around too long, so be sure to act quickly if you are interested. Don't get stuck with only old cables around and a dead battery! Grab these adapters now and thank yourself later. Don't forget coupon code AKUSBC11 for the savings!

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1 week ago

It's OK to be excited about Nokia making Android phones

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We expected a Lumia running Android. What we got might be even better.

The return of the Nokia name in the smartphone world when the Nokia 6 was announced by HMD Global wasn't really a surprise. In December 2016, HMD Global announced that they would be releasing multiple Android products under the Nokia brand starting in early 2017. It appears that HMD Global, a company that includes several ex-Nokia/Microsoft execs, was created to produce these new Nokia phones. The actual manufacturing will be handled by Foxconn subsidiary FIH Mobile — which also acquired Microsoft's feature phone division in early 2016 — but the design and software come from HMD using the Nokia brand.

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